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Canadiens' Subban, Price back on ice

Montreal defenseman out this weekend as stars take steps in injury recoveries

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Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and goaltender Carey Price skated Friday prior to practice in their recovery from their respective injuries.

In a video posted on the Canadiens' Twitter account, Subban is shown skating and handling pucks with Canadiens strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: .@PKSubban1 �� #GoHabsGo

Coach Michel Therrien said Friday that Subban would not play in the Canadiens' games this weekend, Saturday against the Ottawa Senators or Sunday at home against the Calgary Flames.

Subban has missed the past three games after sustaining a neck injury in the third period of a game March 10 against the Buffalo Sabres. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to Montreal General Hospital but was released later that night.

Therrien also said defenseman Mark Barberio is out indefinitely because of a concussion sustained during the first period of the Canadiens' 3-2 overtime win against the Sabres on Wednesday. He has 10 points in 30 games and will become the 17th player to miss at least one game because of injury this season.

Four players have skated in all 71 games for the Canadiens this season: forwards Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec, and defenseman Andrei Markov.

Price last played Nov. 25 because of a lower-body injury. Price, who won the Vezina and Hart trophies last season, has been limited to 12 games this season because of injuries.

Helping Price and Subban on Friday was Nathan Chouinard, a 7-year-old youth goalie from Sherbrooke, Quebec, who has ectrodactyly, a rare congenital disorder which causes malformations in both the hands and feet. Chouinard was invited to practice by Canadiens goalie coach Stephane Waite. In videos posted by the Canadiens on their Twitter feed, he's in net for shots by Subban and serves as a screen for Price to look around to find shots.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Nathan donne un coup de main �� Carey aujourd'hui �� Brossard. //Nathan giving Carey a little help today. #GoHabsGo

Therrien said Ben Scrivens will start in goal Saturday against the Senators and Mike Condon will play Sunday against the Flames.

The Canadiens are 16-28-4 in 48 games without Price; their 16 wins and 36 points are the fewest in the League in that span.

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